Thursday, June 30, 2016
"Owls generally make their presence known through their vocalizations, which peak two times a year"............. "One is in summer, when fledglings depart their parents’ territory and search for their own"................ "Most young owls have staked their claims by September or October, making November and December relatively quiet in the owl world"............. But the chatter increases again during the winter breeding season, when mates are courting each other and defending their territory"..........
Posted by Rick Meril at 10:06 PM
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Due to the disappearance of continuous forest cover, stream and river pollution and the assault of chemical pesticides,our national bird, The Bald Eagle almost went the way of the Passenger Pigeon---nearly going extinct in mid 20th century.................Thankfully, eagles never disappeared entirely from the lower 48, with some 100 birds remaining in the northeast.in the mid 1970's(with nesting limited to Maine and New York)..........Under Republican President Nixon, the enactment of the Clean Water Act and the banning of the egg thinning pesticide DDT set the stage for one of the great wildlife restoration accomplishments that our Country has achieved.............The Bald Eagle is back, growing in numbers and fulfilling its ecosystem functions once again
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:49 PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Both Vermont and adjacent New Hampshire Moose populations are on a Minnesota-like free fall paradigm, currently with 75 to 80% annual calf mortality..........Combine this with the debilitating "one-two-three and your out" storm of warming climate, brain worm and winter tic affliction and the last thing Moose need to deal with is a hunting season..............Vermont biologist Walter Medwid worked for the state's Fish & Wildlife Dept. and argues forcefully about the fact that a 1/3 decline in population since 2009(3000 down to current 2000), should have Governor Shumlin stepping in and taking the hunting of Moose off the table until good science can determine if the carrying capacity of the Moose herd can be restored to decade-ago levels.......
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:28 PM
Monday, June 27, 2016
Is it possible the the USFW Service feels that it's initial proclamation that "the Puma is extinct in the East" was premature,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Or is it as our friend, Endangered Species Specialist Mark McCollough states below-----simply "unfinished Peer Review assessment needed before the Puma is declared extinct in the East and delisted from the Endangered Species list?...............Since many Puma biologists consider the Puma to be one species throughout North America(not an eastern subspecies as the USFW is postulating), might "independent (biologist) experts" stir up enough dust to keep the Puma listed east of the Mississippi River?..............There have been several reputable analyses done by biologists showing definitively(deer, road, human population and continuous habitat variables) that suitable habitat for Pumas does exist in various parts of the Appalachian Spine as well as in NY State and New England..................How about the Feds keep Pumas protected until recolonization or rewilding of those haunts take place by our "Ghost Cats?"
Subject: Eastern Cougar listing reopened comment period
On June 28, 2016, the Service will publish a Federal Register notice to reopen the comment period on the 2015 proposed rule to delist the eastern cougar in order to seek review from independent experts, as required by our 1994 peer review policy. Although we intended to do this when the proposed rule was first published, we were unable to complete peer review during the previous comment period. Thus, we are providing an additional 30 days to obtain independent review of our scientific analysis.
With 100-200 Pumas in Florida and suitable habitat in the
Appalachian Mountains north up into NY and Maine, why
is the USFW Service so hellbent on delisting our "Ghost Cat, for
many biologists, the same feline that exists in the Western USA?
As a matter of procedure, reopening the comment period will also allow an opportunity for additional general review. We are emphasizing, however, that previous comments need not be resubmitted because they are already part of the administrative record and will be fully considered in our review. We anticipate making a final decision on the delisting proposal within the next few months.
Today, the notice will be in the Federal Register's electronic reading room here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection
On Tuesday, the notice will be in the Federal Register here:
Additional comments can be submitted starting on June 28 through July 28, 2016 at www.regulations.gov under docket no. FWS–R5–ES–2015–0001.Please do not hesitate to contact me or Krishna Gifford, 413-253-8619, with questions.--
Mark McCollough, Ph.D.
Endangered Species SpecialistUS Fish and Wildlife ServiceMaine Fish and Wildlife Service Complex
Maine Field Office
P.O. Box A (mailing address)
306 Hatchery Road (physical address)
East Orland, Maine 04431Telephone: (207) 469-7300, Extension 1115
Fax: (207) 469-6725Cell Phone: 207 944-5709
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:59 PM
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Want to be an extension of the natural areas that abuts your home and neighborhood?.........Mimicking the native plant habitat in your region will encourage wildlife to utilize your property..............Providing the three essential elements needed for life to thrive---- plants that produce berries, nuts and seeds for food, creating horizontal and vertical "tangle" to create cover and providing some sort of water source(birdbaths if nothing else) and you are on your way to getting National Wildlife Federation certification that your yard is wildlife habitat.............There are all types of native landscaping styles to put into effect and the article below provides a good overview and foundation to get started and/or further enhance the indigenous habitat that you have put in place
Posted by Rick Meril at 9:56 PM